Sierra Leone — As a way of improving performance and results based management in governance and in public service delivery, the Performance Management and Service Delivery (PMSD) Directorate in the Office of the President on Wednesday 13 January 2016 conducted a three day training for ministries and councils across the country at the Freetown Golf Club.
The training session was to help improve the overall performance and set targets for 2016 as well as giving a clear description of roles and responsibilities for Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) involved in delivering policies, programmes and initiatives, ensure a logical design that ties resources to expected outcomes, determine appropriate measures among others.
Representing the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, the Senior Director of the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) Prof. Victor Strasser-King in his keynote address said performance contracting is now a major tool for evaluating performance and appraisals for MDAs to improve productivity, and an efficient service delivery structure.
Key among the performance training, he said was to scale up human capacity in MDAs and this has helped to surmount challenges thus having an improve plan, better budgeting, civil and public service appraisals, better coordination and greater efficiency and greater public interest in government’s activities.
He pointed out that the three day session was geared to setting targets for ministries and councils while expressing hope that the sessions will help to meet the requirements of performance contracting. The sector/ministry’s strategic plan, the Agenda for Prosperity, President’s last speech to parliament and the post Ebola recovery plan particularly the prioritized sectors are some of the essential documents needed in the process.
He expressed hope that at the end of the three day workshop, the 2016 contracts would have been developed and accompanied with a Performance Tracking Tables (PTT), project tracker and managerial matrix for all participating ministries and councils for the signing of the performance contracts with the president in the next ten to fourteen days.
Director of PMSD in the Office of the President Mr Abdul Rahman Sowa in his address underscored the significance of coordination and planning in order to meet the expected outcomes and an effective service delivery. In setting the 2016 targets, Mr Sowa urged participants to make sure their targets are realized, measurable and time bound, adding that it will help to raise performance with sustainability and also bring in quality assurance in service delivery.
The training includes plenary sessions that focus on key issues on contract development, the managerial matrix target setting, the project tracker and the performance tracking table-target setting. It is worthy to note that at the beginning of every year, MDAs are requested to plan and present their targets/annual work plans using the PTT, project tracker and managerial indicator matrix.
Story courtesy of State House Communication Unit